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The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – June 25

June 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Eagan’s New Safety Center/Fire Station In The News

The new fire safety center/Station 2 received a ton of news coverage this week when it had a grand opening and dedication. The $8.1 million building combined two fire stations into one, has several training features and is features green construction. Find more coverage here: Eagan Patch, Pioneer Press, This Week Newspapers

Final Interview With Richfield Chief Sveum

Richfield Fire Chief Brad Sveum talks with Richfield Patch’s Caitlin Burgess about 38 years in the fire service. Sveum, who retires this month, reflects on 29 year in Richfield and shares his most memorable moments. Read the interview here.

Brooklyn Center Receives Grant for Thermal Imager

The Brooklyn Center Fire Department has a new thermal imaging camera after receiving a $9,800 grant from the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company. According to the Minnesota Sun Newspapers, the department’s current cameras are 15 and 17 years old. You can read the full story here.

Photographer Documents Live Burn in Lakeville

Lakeville Patch’s Paige Andrews photographed the fire department as they participated in a recent live fire training exercise at the ABLE joint training center in Burnsville. Check out the photos here.

There’s a New Fire Marshal in Town: Mendota Heights

Veteran firefighter Jim Lee was recently appointed fire marshal in Mendota Heights. According to the Mendota Heights Patch, Lee was a firefighter in West St. Paul and is now responsible for enforcing fire codes and conducting building inspections. Read the story here.

Fridley Police Beat Fire in Softball Matchup

The Fridley Police Department defeated the fire department with a 12-5 win in Friday night’s ’49er Days softball game. Fridley Patch reports that this was the first time the teams played each other in more than 20 years. Read the story and see the photos here.

Golden Valley Recruitment Drive

More than 20 people attended the first of three recruitment drives for the Golden Valley Fire Department. Check out Golden Valley Patch’s story and photos here.

St. Louis Park Fire Station Demolished

Construction crews demolished 40-year-old St. Louis Park Fire Station 1 recently. A video from St. Louis Park Patch shows the work underway and the website reports that it’s the first step in the construction of a new $15.5 million fire station.

Boy Scouts Learn About Fire from Stillwater Firefighters

Stillwater Patch covered an event where boy scouts were given a. Click here to see the photos.

See something that we’ve missed? Send an e-mail to TwinCitiesFireWire@yahoo.com and we’ll look into it.

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St. Louis Park Fire Reaches 5 Alarms, Firefighter Injured

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The story as updated Wednesday morning

June 7 – More than a dozen fire departments were called to condominium complex fire in St. Louis Park on Tuesday, just as temperatures broke historic records.

The fire was reported at 4625 Minnetonka Blvd. around 3:30 p.m. and it brought auto aid from Edina and Richfield.

Firefighters found flames showing from the second floor of the three-story Nachez Place condominium complex. The fire extended from the second floor to the top floor before crews contained the fire.

St. Louis Park Spokesman Jamie Zwilling said that two units received extensive damage. One-third of the building had smoke damage.

The fire was under control in 30 minutes.

The fire quickly escalated to five alarms, bring about 15 departments and more than 75 firefighters.

“It reached five alarms because of the excess heat,” said Zwilling. About the time of the fire, the mercury hit reached 102 degrees.

A Golden Valley firefighter was transported to the hospital suffering from heat-related injuries, according to Zwilling.

Hennepin EMS Spokesman Christopher Kummer said they dispatched three ambulances and three supervisors to assist evaluate residents and monitor firefighters.

The following departments responded: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, MAC Fire, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbindale and Wayzata.

Brooklyn Park Garage Fire Held Before Spreading

May 26 – Firefighters kept a raging garage fire from spreading to an attached home in Brooklyn Park on Thursday.

Fire crews were called to 8008 Camden Ave. at 9:20 p.m. While enroute, Captain 31 called a second alarm due visible flames and smoke.

Captain 31 arrived to fire a two car, wood-frame garage fully engulfed and threatening the attached home. A van was also burning in the driveway.

Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz said that crews from the first arriving engine pulled a crosslay to protect the exposures. A 2 1/2-inch line, connected to a Blitzfire, was deployed to tame the garage fire.

The fire was contained to the garage and Seitz said the home only suffered smoke damage.

The attic was filled with cellulose insulation and Maple Grove was called to help remove it.

Seitz said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to have started in the van.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park: Engines 11, 21, 41, Rescues 11 and 31 Chiefs 1 and 21, Captains 31, 34 and 41. Mutual aid: Brooklyn Center engine and salvage, Coon Rapids engine, Fridley Aerial. Osseo Tanker 11 covered Brooklyn Park.

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Fridley Natural Gas Leak Causes Evacuations

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MAY 19 – Fridley Fire Department crews responded to a six inch gas line leak that was ruptured by contractors operating a backhoe.  The incident in the area of  58th Avenue and 2 1/2 street today caused a neighborhood to be evacuated.

Fridley Fire crews were called to the area for a natural gas leak.  First arriving crews determined that the line was six inches in diameter and started an immediate evacuation of the area with Fridley Police.

Fridley Engine 3 laid a 4 inch supply line and a pre-connect line for safety.

Mutual Aid was started from Columbia Heights, Brooklyn Center, Saint Anthony and Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View to cover stations and assist at the scene.

Fridley Chief 1 reported at 3:30pm today that the gas leak had been secured.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Brooklyn Park House Fire Called ‘Suspicious’

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April 11 – Officials say that  Monday’s fire that heavily damaged a Brooklyn Park home is suspicious.

Brooklyn Park and West Metro crews were dispatched to 6633 Kentucky Ave. at 9:03 p.m.

The first unit arrived to find the one-story, 1,500-square-foot dwelling well involved in fire. The home was close to the end of a dirt road which was a dead-end.

The first engine arrived and deployed a master stream to the blazing structure and also pulled a line to protect the exposure on the D-side.

Crews encountered water supply issues when they first arrived, because the closest hydrant was over 1,000 feet away, according to Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz.

Firefighters focused on protecting the exposures and controlling the heavy volume of fire coming from the structure.

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

The Hennepin County Fire Investigation Team was called to assist with the investigation. Seitz said the fire is suspicious and that officials are looking for a vehicle that left the area prior to the fire being discovered.

Plymouth Engine 21 and Osseo Tanker 11 with Chief 1 covered the city.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 21, 31, 41, Aerial 21, Rescue 31 Chiefs 1, 2, 3, 21 and 31. Mutual aid: West Metro Chief 11 and Aerial 11, Brooklyn Center Engine 3 and Salvage and Maple Grove Aerial 11.

Video: Brooklyn Park Garage Fire

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

We found a video of the March 29 fire that destroyed a garage in Brooklyn Park.

Several West metro fire crews were called to the fire at 7616 69th Ave. at 8:24 p.m.

Firefighters Hold Blaze to Brooklyn Park Garage

March 31, 2011 1 comment
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March 29 – An update on Monday’s garage fire in Brooklyn Park.

Fire crews were called to 7616 69th Ave. at 8:24 p.m.

When he arrived first, Brooklyn Park Deputy Chief Todd Seitz said fire was coming through the roof of the 30-by-60-foot garage.

“Fire was threatening a four-plex building within feet of the garage, Seitz said. He said crews worked to protect the exposures and knock down the heavy fire.

The first engine secured a water supply and placed it’s deck gun into operation. The next crew deployed a master stream to protect the exposure.

Once the fire was knocked down, crews entered the buildng and performed overhaul.

Seitz said crews faced several challenges, including electric lines and also propane tanks and other contents in the garage.

The fire gutted the garage and several nearby vehicles. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage.

Plymouth Engine 21 and Captain 21 covered Brooklyn Park while crews were at the scene.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 32, 41, Aerial 21, Rescue 13, Captain 33 and Chiefs 2 and 31. Mutual Aid: Brooklyn Center Engine 3, Salvage 1 and Chief 2, Maple Grove Tower 11, Osseo Tanker 11, Utility 11 and Chief 1, West Metro Aerial 11 and Chief 11.